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Open letter to Ponty’s Labour Councillors. Why didn’t you fight for pool?

January 9, 2013 10:30 PM

Dear Councillors Bates, Smith, Webber, Williams, Powderhill, Carter, Morgan,Cass and Leyshon,

Having seen the three options for the refurbishment of the Lido in Ynysyngharad War Memorial Park from the consultants that your administration paid for out of the people's pockets I, amongst many others, think that they least deserve an answer to these questions.

Firstly why did you ignore all three of the consultants proposals in the first place? Secondly, why did you support the administration's own option and give the people of Pontypridd the absolute bare minimum for the refurbishment?

Why did you say in your manifesto that the pool was staying? Could you kindly, and individually if possible, but collectively I'm sure will suffice, inform your electors and my self why did you not fight to get the people of Pontypridd at least one of the options that were put to you?

And can I suggest that you do not try and hide behind the oft used phrase "cuts" to cover your collective failures in RCT, Wales and the UK? The people of Pontypridd are not stupid. They ask me on a near daily basis as how you can support borrowing £50 million, on top of what is being spent elsewhere in RCT, to spend in Aberdare on a new replacement sports centre and yet not fight the same for Pontypridd.

And indeed in the run up to the May 2012 council elections you said that your party manifesto was fully costed and included for the retention of the paddling pool so that blows any option of using the spurious "cuts" excuse out of the water too.

I'll not be holding my breath for the local RCT Labour councillors to beat a path to the door of the Pontypridd Observer with answers, but then the silence will speak volumes.

Cllr Mike Powell